Aubrey Matshiqi, Financial Mail-rated political analyst, has been a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Policy Studies where he specialized in South African Politics with a special focus on the ANC and the Alliance, the re-alignment of opposition political politics, electoral system reform and the state of democracy. He was also a research fellow at the Helen Suzman Foundation and at Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies doing research on historical memory and politics in post-apartheid SA.
He is a former Mathematics, Science and English teacher and government strategist and spokesperson. He writes for Business Day, Engineering News and other publications in and outside SA. He has written book chapters, policy briefs and research papers on the following topics:
The one party state in Africa and lessons for South Africa & the re-alignment of opposition politics in South Africa
The implications of the Jacob Zuma corruption trial for the South African criminal justice system.
The performance of the public service & development at local level
His services as a political analyst are used by corporates, academic institutions, research institutions, foreign embassies, political parties and private companies.
Aubrey is currently writing a book on the ANC and his e-book, The Zuma Moment and the Road to Mangaung, is available on amazon.com and on Kindle books.
Dr. Michael Mol didn’t go for career counseling, which could explain why he’s not only a medical doctor, but an executive TV producer & presenter, an international speaker, business consultant and a founding director of a multi-national company called Hello Doctor. His twitter profile sheds more light: “A husband to one, father to three, friend to few, a stranger to many… but not to God.”
A trauma doctor turned TV personality with a Mr. South Africa title in the mix, Michael anchored Top Billing, South Africa’s longest running prime time television magazine show, for more than a decade. Then as Executive Producer and presenter he melded his passion for medicine and media and produced two TV series: “Hello Doctor” and “The Dr. Mol Show” with a vision to educate, entertain and inspire people to live their best life, by being the healthiest they can be. Watched by over a million people weekly, the show was part of a bigger vision to give every South African access to personal, affordable and quality healthcare through their mobile phones. Now a mobile health company, Hello Doctor’s game-changing approach to healthcare, using mobile phones to give anyone access to doctors anytime, anywhere – has spread globally.
Michael has been commissioned to write a second book, on the back of his first best-selling title “Your Best Life.” He lives in Cape Town, South Africa with his wife Jacqui, and three children, Joshua (17), Rachael (14) and Naethan (9) … and is no longer on the safe side of 40.
Sindi Mabaso-Koyana, is currently the Chairperson of AIH(Pty) Ltd, an Investment Holdings company for The African Women Chartered Accountants. She is also the Chairperson of the Advanced Group of Companies which is invested in Mining Services. Sindi is a Chartered Accountant by profession with experience in the public and private sector. Her illustrious career includes being Managing Director of Viamax Logistics, Group CFO of Transnet, Executive Partner at Ernst & Young, Chairperson of the Armaments Corporation of South Africa and the Chairperson of the FIFA Audit and Compliance Committee. She has served on a number of boards including Transnet, SAA, South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, MTN, SANRAL, Altron Group and a few others. Her current board positions include Adcorp Holdings LTD , MTN Zakhele LTD and Toyota SA. She is the Founder Member and Former President of African Women Chartered Accountants(AWCA). She now chairs the Advisory Board of AWCA. Sindi is a renowned leader and champion in growth and development of young women. Sindi has been named one of the Top 20 Most Powerful Women in South Africa and was a Finalist for the Business Woman Award of South Africa in 2004. Sindi was, in 2013 nominated by The CEO Magazine’s Most Influential Women in Business and Public Sector. She was the Chairperson of the Task team of The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants which launched the paper on Meaningful Reporting on Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) and is now the Chairperson of the Chartered Accountancy Sector Charter. Sindi is a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network (African Chapter) .
Lauren Gillis, business woman, social entrepreneur and passionate about creating opportunities for others. While studying Social Work at Wits University, she was already instrumental in forming the Down Syndrome Association. She has since developed a number of philanthropic organisations including PADI (People for Awareness on Disability Issues) and The Jardine Joggers (now affiliated to Achilles International based in New York), enabling people with different disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics.
She spent many years in various businesses from textiles to containerised housing and in the field of Rehabilitation of Newly Blinded. She completed the Comrades Marathon and the personal challenge of such a physical test along with training and guiding of blind runners, and preparing and taking physically and mentally challenged athletes through marathons, including the New York Marathon, has been a highlight of her life.
Lauren is the founder of Relate, an amazing social enterprise. It was was founded with the vision to help people in need of an opportunity to better their circumstances, whilst also providing an effective, sustainable and tangible fundraising tool for charitable causes. Lauren’s vision was to find simple creative solutions to creating employment and lessen the economic divide. Since 2010 Relate has raised over R45million, sold over 2.6 million bracelets, supported over 90 causes globally and positively impacted thousands of lives.
In 2012 Lauren’s Tedx Cape Town talk was entitled Redefining Philanthropy. In 2013 she was awarded the Paul Harris award by Rotary for her exceptional service to the community.
Come and be inspired by this extraordinary woman as she shares lessons learned on her life journey
Paddling the mighty Amazon river, cycling the continent of Africa and running 1000 km across South Africa, Davey takes us on a wild, entertaining and engaging journey through his adventurous expeditions.
It was during the Amazon expedition,where Davey narrowly escaped his death and from this story he shares the resilience of the human spirit and the power within compassion.
A highly entertaining, thought-provoking and intriguing presentation, sure to leave you inspired to be more and give more.
South African, Small Business Owner, Family Man and Average Joe.
However his hobby is Ultra Extreme Open Water and Ice swimming, and for deeply personal reasons, he has undertaken some of the world’s most extreme challenges. Pushing his limits and human boundaries in our planet’s most inhospitable places.
Following painful, pioneering training techniques and using what limited resources he can find to put basic safety procedures in place, he challenge himself by pushing personal limits for swimming in ice water, and often set new benchmarks for human endurance.
No wetsuits or protection from the cold water – Speedo’s only. His adventures, world first achievements and the often death-defying circumstances, make for brilliant tales of human spirit and victory.
He takes audiences on a journey with him. Through story telling and strong visuals, he illustrates just how limited and governed we all are, in every aspect of our lives, by believing in our own limitations.
How we under achieve in our comfort zones and how each and everyone of us can push past impossible.
62 Robben Island to Mainland crossings
Solo swim across the English Channel
First South African Male to Swim Europe to Africa – Gibraltar Strait
World First swim around the Southern most tip of South America – Cape Horn
World First Official ICE MILE swum north of the ARCTIC CIRCLE – 0C water
Historic Russia to USA relay swim
First Official ICE MILE swum in Antarctica – minus 1C water
World First Double Relay crossing of the North Channel, swimming from Ireland to Scotland and back to Ireland
As a coach and mentor to some of the greatest players in the history of cricket, Gary Kirsten has needed to understand the dynamics that would see them perform consistently over a period of time and when it mattered most. Creating a winning culture and self-belief in both the Indian and South Africa teams had been his objectives.
The experience and insight gained throughout his tenure as coach of both powerful test playing nations included far more than cricket itself. It is his skill for getting the best out of his players whilst maintaining their respect both on and off the field that has made him an inspirational leader.
Since his return from India and in between his coaching obligations, Gary Kirsten has been engaging with a variety of groups in varying forums around the world. Presenting his views on “Leadership Principles” and giving insights into how Team India were able to transform into a unit and ultimately accomplish their goal of being the number 1 cricket team in the world in all forms of cricket.
The South African Ubuntu Foundation’s enlightening vision for the new South Africa and its regional neighbours is a world in which all people: embrace peace, one another’s equality; embody the essence and spirit of Ubuntu in their work, family, and community lives; are encouraged and inspired to use their inherent abilities to the fullest, and find their passion for, participate and contribute fully in, and benefit fairly from South Africa’s growing prosperity.
Our organization hosts monthly networking breakfasts and lunches which aim to bring business people together in an effort to foster the spirit of Ubuntu. We encourage you to visit our events page to find out about upcoming opportunities.
What is Ubuntu?
The Cardinal spirit of Ubuntu is expressed in Xhosa as “Umntu ngumntu ngabanye abantu” in English as “people are people thru other people,” or “I am human because I belong to the human community and I view and treat others accordingly.” It is an African word for a universal concept which is fair and compassionate approach to a collective respect for human dignity.